Cop arrested for shooting colleague and civilian granted bail

27 Sep 2019 15:20pm
RUNDU, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – A 31-year-old police officer who was arrested in July for allegedly shooting two people at Kairaira village in the Kavango West Region, was granted bail during his third court appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Elifas Kandjimi Munango was arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring a police officer and a civilian at Nakazaza Combined School at Kairaira village, where the two officers were deployed for the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s supplementary registration of voters.
Munango’s first appearance was on 22 July 2019 before magistrate Barry Mufana, who remanded him in custody due to the seriousness of the offence. The matter was postponed to 01 August for further investigations and for Munango to obtain legal representation.
During his second court appearance in August, Munango appearing before the same magistrate and was again refused bail due to the same reasons and because the victims were still in hospital and it would not be in the interest of justice to grant him bail.
The accused was asked on Thursday to present the court with his defence counsel in which he told the court that he needed more time to gather funds for him to obtain a lawyer to defend him.
He indicated that he wanted to be released on bail because he is the sole breadwinner for his family since his wife is unemployed, and he has to provide for her and their three minor children plus his parents who are both disabled.
Representing the State in the matter, prosecutor Variety Matamata recapped that in the previous hearing the case was also postponed for further investigation, noting there is still a photo plan and firearm that need to be sent for ballistic results.
The two victims have since been discharged from hospital and Matamata indicated that the State does not object to bail. The accused was granted bail of N.dollars 9 000 but he indicated that he could only afford N.dollars 3 000 and was ordered to pay a bail amount of N.dollars 4 000.
The case was postponed to 27 November 2019.